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Workers killed in fall days before new safety laws take effect

The sad news that two workers have died in a fall from a hydraulic scaffold at a construction site in Toronto comes just days before new regulations come into effect under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The amendments to the Act, which come into effect on April 1, mandate that workers and their supervisors on construction projects must complete a basic safety training program. The amendments specifically deal with fall prevention, though not with reference to scaffolds and swing stages—those suspended platforms commonly used by window washers and other workers on construction sites—which are covered in a separate section of the Act. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the ... Read More »

Sprawl costing U.S. $1 trillion annually: report

Urban sprawl is very expensive. In the United States, the cost is more than $1 trillion annually in mainly hidden costs. Not only is sprawl expensive for city and national economies, but it is bad for public health and safety. Living in sprawling suburbs costs individual households more in transportation and also puts them at greater risk of being killed in a car accident. These are some of the findings in a new report from a global commission on the economy and climate. The “Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl” was written for the New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy ... Read More »

Toronto chef and craft brewer plan luxury villa hotel in Tuscany

Tuscany, richest of all the world’s treasuries of art, culture, cuisine and fine living, is where millions of tourists flock to gaze on Michelangelo’s David, and Botticelli’s Primavera; to ponder the beauty of Florence’s famous Duomo, Sienna’s Piazza del Campo and Pisa’s leaning tower. It is the sunny, happy land of rolling hillsides draped in vineyards and olive trees, cypress and lemon, dotted with medieval towers and churches and red-tiled roofs under an azure sky. So many of the world’s most illustrious thinkers, artists, writers and composers were born here: the Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Puccini, to name a few. One of the world’s best loved ... Read More »

Architects designing higher and higher wooden buildings

Architects everywhere are discovering wood these days. Last week, Alberta joined BC, Quebec and Ontario among Canadian provinces that are now allowing wood buildings up to six storeys. This will likely add to the expected surge in new mid-rise buildings, mostly residential, expected in coming months. BC has been a leader in the movement to larger wood buildings and Vancouver architect Michael Green has been a long-time proponent of wood in architecture. His firm built the Wood Innovation and Design Centre at the University of Northern British Columbia, which, at 90 feet tall, is the tallest wood building in North America. Green now has a proposal on the table for a 20-storey ... Read More »

Developer taps student designers for new university-area condos

Plenty of companies say they value customer feedback as they seek to improve their products and services. One Toronto developer has put his money where his mouth is. His firm just completed the equivalent of those pie and cake-recipe competitions that flour companies have been using for years, the ones where people send in a recipe that uses the sponsor’s flour, and the winner gets a cash prize and the thrill of seeing the recipe in the next corporate cookbook. The developer in question, Shiu Pong Group of Companies, held a competition open only to design and architecture students. They were to design a suite for a new condo building. ... Read More »

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